French: Moineau espagnol German: Weidensperling Spanish: Gorrión moruno
Algeciras, southern Spain
Subspecies and Distribution
P. h. hispaniolensis
(Temminck, 1820) – Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Greece and Balkans, W Asia Minor, E Atlantic islands (Madeira, Canary Is and Cape Verde Is) and NW Africa (Morocco E to NE Libya); non-breeding visitor to NE Africa and SW Asia.
P. h. transcaspicus
Tschusi, 1902 – Cyprus, E Turkey and Levant E to Iran, Afghanistan, S Kazakhstan and NW China (W Xinjiang); winters in SW Asia, Pakistan and NW India.
15–16 cm; 22–38 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead to nape and hindneck deep chestnut, lores black (usually with short white supraloral line), white... read more
Call an almost disyllabic "tchweep", used by male to proclaim nest ownership, speeded up... read more
Predominantly moist, humid areas near water with trees and shrubs; normally associated with... read more
Food and feeding
Principally vegetable matter, mainly seeds of grasses, cultivated crops and low herbs, but invertebrates taken throughout year. Insects... read more
Season mainly Apr–Aug in W of range, from Mar in N Africa, and Aug–Oct and Feb–Mar in Cape Verde Is; in E of range moves... read more
Variously resident, nomadic and migratory. Those on E Atlantic islands and some populations in S of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally abundant. Rough estimates in 1980s-1990s gave following figures for breeding pairs: Romania 500,000, Greece 400,000... read more
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